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Blog: Fox `not anticipating’ Thornton will play again this season

Forward Marcus Thornton is expected to play again for the Georgia basketball team, but Mark Fox doesn’t think it will be this season, the Bulldogs coach said on his radio show on Monday night.

Thornton, a junior, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and hasn’t played for two months.

“This kid has been through a ton,” Fox said. “We had a nice talk in Oxford (Miss.), and we fully anticipate Marcus Thornton will return to the court and play for us again. I don’t think that we can put a timetable on that. He is still eligible for a medical redshirt if he cannot make it back this season. I’m not anticipating that he’s going to be able to come back this year. He’s not yet returned to practice. He just hasn’t been cleared.”

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Thornton started 20 games last season and seven of the nine games he played this season. He was averaging 3.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game before his latest surgery. He’s had three knee surgeries while at Georgia.

“We’re just praying that he can make a full recovery,” Fox said. “He has been through a great deal obviously. …We’ve got to get him pain free. There are still some issues there.”

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